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tonight, the expanding march of war in syria. growing reports of atrocities. turkish fighters accused of public executions. a border town bombarded by turkey's military. the trump administration now trying to defend withdrawing u.s. troops, leading isis prisoners and sympathizers to escape into the region. trapped in the collapse. the deadly accident at the hard rock hotel in new orleans, caught on camera. at least two people killed. rescuers now looking for more victims possibly trapped under the debris. the entire construction project at risk of coming down. also tonight, president trump pushing back against impeachment. the u.s. envoy to the eu scheduled to testify, under subpoena, this week against state department wishes. what he is reportedly ready to say about his text insisting no
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quid pro quo with ukraine. claiming it was relayed directly from the president. carnival horror. a 10-year-old girl dying hours after being thrown from a thrill ride. terrified children seeing the accident, crying and in shock. killed at home. body cam video showing an officer opening fire, shooting a woman in her own house. the officer responding to a neighbor's call, worried about her welfare. the deadly typhoon overseas. the search and rescue operation under way. families stranded in flooded homes. houses washed away. and homes in ruin. thousands forced out by wildfires. their houses consumed by flames. many families now returning to find virtually nothing left. and good evening. thanks for joining us on this sunday. i'm tom llamas. and we begin with the situation
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rapidly spiraling out of control in syria. one week since president trump ordered u.s. forces out of that region, effectively abandoning america's allies in the fight against isis. this video appearing to show turkish military bombing a border town. now horrific reports of atrocities committed. a reporter live streaming video of a convoy hit by an air strike. president trump ordering about 1,000 u.s. troops to withdraw from northern syria. since then, hundreds of isis sympathizers and prisoners have been set free. about 200,000 kurds displaced. and kurdish leaders now looking for help from unlikely new allies. ian pannell is in syria to lead us off. >> reporter: this video appears
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to show the fury of the turkish attack on a border town two nights ago. tonight, president trump ordering the withdrawal of all u.s. troops from northern syria. just one week after his fateful call with president erdogan of turkey triggered a disastrous chain of events. the brutal assault of turkish forces targeting america's kurdish allies has left a trail of death, displacement, and destruction. in just a week, hundreds are reported to be dead. some of those killed, murdered at the roadside by radical islamist militias sponsored by turkey. many videos too graphic to show. one leading kurdish political leader dragged from her car and shot in the head. if verified, this is a war crime, as is the targeting of civilians. a convoy packed with civilians and journalists trying to enter a border town today was struck by a turkish air strike. 11 killed, more than 70 wounded. turkey says it's battling terrorists and refuses to
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negotiate with the kurds. the kurds were our allies, our ground troops in the years-long fight against isis. thousands of their men and women died fighting them. they call the u.s. withdrawal a betrayal. nearly 200,000 kurds are now displaced, driven from their homes. many who were guarding isis prisons and refugee camps holding isis sympathizers also forced to flee. at least 23 isis prisoners may have already escaped. and hundreds of isis supporters broke out of their camp, too. now, russian-backed syrian troops are on the march in a new alliance with the kurds to take on turkish forces. turkey warning it will continue its advance further south into the country. u.s. forces now potentially pinned between the warring sides. >> we have american forces likely caught between two opposing, advancing armies and it's a very untenable situation. >> reporter: the trump administration blaming erdogan
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for the events. >> we're ready to put on >> reporter: but the chaos began unfolding after president trump agreed to pull back u.s. troops from the syrian border, allowing turkey to launch the assault, angering democrats and fellow republicans. >> leaving an ally behind, abandoning people that we frankly had told we would be with, it's disheartening and depressing. frankly, it's weak. >> reporter: but the cost of this war only growing. we met this little girl, 8 years old, in a hospital bed. her leg blown off. her brother mohammed, dead. her brother ahmed can't begin to describe what he saw. these children, the victims, one week after that phone call. so bizarre have recent events been, that bashar al assad's military are now the ones coming to the rescue of the kurds after the american pullback.
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unless turkey backs down, erdogan's army is in for a much bigger fight than they thought. tom? >> ian, thank you. and stay safe. back here at home, the urgent search for possible victims of the building collapse in new orleans. video showing the moment the hard rock hotel, under construction, came crashing down. at least two people killed, one working still missing. authorities worried the rest of the structure could collapse at any moment. here's marcus moore. >> reporter: tonight, a desperate rescue effort under way. >> oh, my god. >> reporter: a missing worker trapped inside the rubble after this shocking construction collapse, caught on camera. the hard rock hotel under construction in new orleans at the edge of the historic french quarter, crashing down on officis warning op to staytlose away from the area, fearing the entire building may give way. the rescue mission, a dangerous one, with an unstable structure.
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>> safety is top priority, rescue absolutely, but we cannot overestimate the structure being unsound, unstable right now. >> reporter: the building crumbling in just seconds. you can see in this terrifying video, workers on site running for their lives. >> look at those guys running. >> reporter: a cloud of debris engulfing bystanders on the ground. people in this trolley, narrowly escaping. >> get to the back! >> reporter: this woman watched in horror. >> when you stepped off, you couldn't see 20 feet in front of you. there was smoke and debris everywhere. >> reporter: at least two dead, one body still in the wreckage. 30 more hurt, including one person working on the eighth floor, undergoing surgery on his leg. >> marcus, officials telling you they're scrambling to stabilize the structure? >> reporter: they are. they have brought in a third crane to try to stabilize a
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couple of the remaining ones. they fear that one of them could fall as they continue this search. >> marcus, thank you. and next, news tonight about the impeachment showdown. president trump railing against democrats for three straight nights. the u.s. ambassador to the eu scheduled to testify on capitol hill this week, defying an order from the state department. reportedly planning to tell congress, when he texted there was no quid pro quo, he was relaying what president trump had told him. here's david wright. >> reporter: even as the impeachment inquiry gathers new momentum, tonight president trump is not conceding an inch. >> impeachment. i never thought i'd see or hear that word with respect to me. impeachment. >> reporter: addressing evangelical christians at the values voters summit, trump denied he ever pressured ukraine
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to investigate his political rival joe biden, withholding $400 million in military aid for leverage. >> there was no quid pro quo. there was no quid pro quo. >> reporter: the president has pointed to this september 9th text message in his defense. >> the text message that i saw from ambassador sondland, who's highly respected, was, there's no quid pro quo. he said that. >> reporter: but today "the washington post" reports that ambassador gordon sondland plans to testify that those are not his words. the text came in response to the top u.s. diplomat in ukraine, who questioned the administration's abrupt decision to withhold the military aid to ukraine. the diplomat william taylor texted, "i think it's crazy to withhold security assistance for help with a political campaign." four hours later, sondland texted back, "the president has been crystal clear. no quid pro quos of any kind." sondland then suggested they
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stop texting about the issue. according to the "post," sondland is now prepared to tell congress that the language "no quid pro quo" was relayed to him by trump himself. it was in a phone call. and that sondland has no independent knowledge if that was really true. >> let me say i'm delighted he is coming in. i'm anticipating hearing what he has to say because he's certainly key. >> reporter: the ambassador was initially blocked from testifying, but he's now under subpoena. we're told he's going to testify despite instructions to all personnel not to cooperate. >> david, thank you. now to the race for 2020. 48 hours from now, a dozen democratic candidates will crowd the stage for their first debate since the impeachment inquiry began. and today, joe biden answering questions about his son. here's rachel scott. >> reporter: tonight, former
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vice president joe biden coming to his son's defense. why is he just now making the decision to step down from the board of a chinese-backed company? >> let's get something straight. first of all, no one, no one, has indicated of any consequence that anything was done wrong or illegally by me or by my son. this is the president flat lying, number one. number two, the statement my son put out today, which i saw when he put it out, i was told it was going to be put out. i was not consulted about it. it represents the kind of man of integrity he is. >> reporter: president trump has criticized hunter biden for his work with ukrainian and chinese companies while his father was vice president. even calling for china to investigate. >> china should start an investigation into the bidens. >> reporter: today, in iowa, ec-- committing if he's
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>> no one in my family will have an office in the white house. will in fact have any business relationship with anyone that relates to a foreign corporation or foreign country. >> reporter: senator bernie sanders also speaking to iowa union members from vermont. he told our jonathan karl why he should be the choice over senator elizabeth warren. >> what do you say to those that they would pick her because she's eight years younger, she didn't just have a heart attack. and, in the positions, you're pretty much the same. >> i think she's a very, very good senator. but there are differences between elizabeth and myself. she has said she's a capitalist through her bones. i'm not. >> reporter: and the next democratic debate, just two days away. the democratic candidates are coming to terms with the reality that with 12 candidates on a stage, that means there will be less time for them to get their message across. kamala harris saying that does
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not allow for in-depth conversation on serious issues. >> rachel, thank you. we move on to a deadly police shooting in texas. a concerned neighbor's call ending with a woman killed in her own home. body cam video showing the officer moments before he opens fire. the neighbor said he only asked for someone to check on her. here's zachary kiesch. >> reporter: growing anger tonight in ft. worth after a 28-year-old black woman was shot and killed inside her own home by police. >> put your hands up. show me your hands! >> reporter: it all began after a concerned neighbor noticed her front door was open and called a police non-emergency line asking for a welfare check. body camera footage shows the responding officer walking through a gate to the back of the house, then turning toward the window and shouting a command. >> put your hands up. show me your hands! >> reporter: within seconds, firing one deadly shot through the window. the woman, atatiana jefferson, died on the scene.
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police saying the officer perceived a threat. but the neighbor who originally called the police, tonight stunned. >> all they needed to do was knock on the door. >> reporter: the police say they recovered a firearm on the scene, but have not said whether or not it was near the body. local religious leaders and activists are demanding justice. >> let's tell it like it is. she was massacred in her own house. >> reporter: the body camera video shows the officer never identified himself before firing his gun. the officer, who was hired last year, has been placed on administrative leave. >> zachary, thank you. next to heartbreaking images from southern california. deadly wildfires blamed for at least three deaths. two major fires near los angeles destroying dozens of homes and structures. many returning home to find nothing left. here's marci gonzalez. >> reporter: tonight, the destruction left behind from those ferocious california wildfires coming into focus.
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powerful winds blowing burning embers into houses. firefighters doing all they could to keep those flames from spreading. but there were dozens of homes they could not save, including monica and drew silver's. >> i wish they would have been here earlier to save mine. it's not their fault. they are fighting the fires where they are fighting them. but it was pretty crazy how fast it came. >> reporter: those fast-moving flames here in los angeles county, destroying nearly 8,000 acres and nearly everything the silvers owned. their wedding rings, children's keepsakes, and their entire photography business. >> all of the props. all of the equipment, everything, we don't have a place to work. >> reporter: tonight, with all evacuation orders lifted, and thousands returning home, the silvers say they feel lucky. >> the stuff doesn't matter. >> reporter: tonight, firefighters are still out watching for hot spots while investigators look into whether power lines may have sparked this fire. tom? >> marci, thank you. still ahead on "world news tonight" this sunday, a
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finally tonigh finally tonight, it's the best play in college football so heard of, and from a player you're likely never to forget. it's "america strong." >> he's in for an easy touchdown. >> reporter: in alabama, at samford university, family weekend. and college football player george grimwade, ready to debut his secret play. >> my stepdad. it sounds weird calling him my stepdad because he's always been my dad. >> reporter: the senior offensive lineman decided to surprise his stepfather michael, who has raised him since age 8. >> he doesn't have anyone to carry on his last name, and he raised me. >> reporter: the two have developed such a close bond over the years that george decided to legally change his last name to honor his stepfather. >> i just want his legacy to live on forever. i don't want it to end with him. so, dad, i decided to change my name from george andrew grimwade to george grimwade musto. >> reporter: george always knew the truth in his heart. now he was ready to show the
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world the truth on his jersey. >> i love you so much and you really do mean the world to me. i'm so happy that i can take on that last name with mom. >> reporter: and just before the game, father and son, together for a talk they'll never forget. >> you know how much i love you, right? >> yeah. >> how i always treasure the time i have with you? >> yeah. >> how you're my world? i got my last name changed. >> reporter: george showing his dad the paperwork. >> i'm now george grimwade musto. look at my jersey. >> reporter: and his new jersey. this big offensive lineman, showing his biggest muscle, a great, big heart. >> i love you so much, dad. >> reporter: he was raised right. how do we know? it says it right there on his jersey. >> we thank them for sharing their story. thank you for watching. i'm tom llamas. "gma" first thing in the morning. good night. good night.
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tonight on abc 7 news at 6 o'clock, one last chance to catch the blue angels with not even fog to keep them grounded. a huge rally taking over san francisco streets. the move by the united states that touched off the protest. we have new details on the discovery of a body in san jose and the link to a missing tech executive from utah. news to build a better bay area from abc 7. there was a proposal to charge tolls and create a reservation system to straighten out congestion on lombard street. governor gavin newsom put the brakes on by vetoing it. i'm eric thomas. thanks for joining us. residents have long complained about the constant flow of tourists that have clogged the neighborhood. a proposal would have charged up to $10 to go down the street on
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weekends and holidays. kate larsen has been getting reaction to the new developments and joins us live from san francisco, kate? >> reporter: eric, we are up here on lombard and hyde. you can see lots of cars and tourists per usual even though it is fleet week sunday and also the italian festival is happening nearby today. so lots of people in the neighborhood, but frankly on a sunday, this is usually what this area looks like and it can be a real problem for the folks who live nearby in terms of safety issues and getting around their own neighborhood. because there are about 2 million people a year who come to visit the crooked street. so the bill which governor newsom vetoed would have allowed san francisco to enforce a reservation and fee system on the crooked portion of lombard street, requiring tourists to pay $5 to $10 to drive down the famous street. the idea was to control and